I had fun this weekend participating in the Feld Hell Sprint on amateur radio. Feld Hell or Hellschreiber as it was originally known is my favorite digital mode. I love the primitive appearance of the type as it scrolls out on the monitor and the peculiar sound of the incoming signals. I wrote a post about the history of this fascinating mode and it's inventor here.
Actual screen captures would have looked better on the blog but it was easier to just snap quick pictures with the point and shoot as I made contacts during the sprint. I thought this would make a good illustration of how the Feld Hell Sprint works. The contest exchange is simple and quick. Operators transmit a signal report, club member number, State/Country and grid locator. The goal is to make the most contacts in a 2 hour period.
Randy, K7AGE produced a great video on YouTube explaining Hellschreiber and shows the mode in action. Link here. Randy's videos inspired me to get into the digital modes on high frequency amateur radio. I highly recommend checking them out.
|K3QIA - Berwick, PA|
|K3TXT - Edgewater, MD|
|W8MDE calling CQ and getting a bite|
|A nice 5 watt signal from K4RCH/QRP in Culpeper, VA|
|N8EWX - Hilliard, OH|
|KJ8O - Troy, MI|
|N9YDZ/ Mobile in Missouri not quite 599 but perfectly readable.|
|KD8GNC - Columbus, OH|
|Post Sprint QSO between KJ8O and KD8GNC|
|Solid copy - TG9AHM Guatemala City|
I received excellent copy from Emmanuel, TG9AHM in Guatemala on 15 meters but try as I might I could not reach him.